Buddhist temple 'doorstep' sells for £553,000

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BNPS.co.uk (01202) 558833.Picture: Bonhams/BNPS..A 1,000 year old 8ft long carved granite Buddhist temple step that a family was lucky enough to find in the garden of their new house has sold for a staggering £553,000. The six-inch thick step, which has intricate and beautiful animal carvings on it, is just one of seven temple steps from the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The step was sold by Mrs Hickmott after she inherited it from her parents who bought the home from a tea planter in the 1950s. The step has since been placed outside the front door of their bungalow in Exeter, Devon.